Circa 1492: Art in the Age of Exploration

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The book begins by looking at the Mediterranean world as the new seaborne empires were being formed, surveying the visual arts and principal intellectual and spiritual currents in major political centers from Portugal to Turkey. Next it takes the reader on Columbus’s proposed route east to the fabled lands of Cathay, presenting essays about and illustrations of paintings, sculpture, calligraphy, and decorative art that document the venerable civilizations of the Far East. Finally it surveys the great empires and chiefdoms of the Americas that the Europeans suddenly and unexpectedly encountered, focusing on major works of Aztec sculpture, textiles from the Inca Empire, works in gold from Colombia and Costa Rica, and objects from the pre-Columbian cultures of North America.
 

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This massive logistical undertaking aims to survey, in the century centered on Columbus's voyages, artistic production in Europe, in Asia (where he thought he was going), and in the Americas (where he ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword j carter brown
9
The Realms of Pride and Awe daniel j boorstin
19
MAPS AND THE RATIONALIZATION
83
THE MEAN AND MEASURE
95
MICHELANGELO 1492
102
Giulio Carlo Argan
113
THE CATALOGUE
120
The Realm of the Spirit cat
134
Martin Collcutt
314
305
320
THE CATALOGUE
392
India cats 347355
477
THE AZTEC GODSHOW MANY?
507
Irving Rouse and Jose Juan Arrom
515
LIFE
529
EMBLEMS OF POWER IN
535

Portugal and the Sea Route South cats 1932
176
Islamic Empires cats 79110
192
Measuring and Mapping cats 1n T
240
II
250
TOWARD CATHAY
305
414
577
428
584
488
612
653
671
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